College Football Playoff Opening Odds: Alabama Massive Favorite vs. Notre Dame, Clemson vs. Ohio State Tighter

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College Football Playoff Opening Lines

All odds via PointsBet.

Date Odds
Jan. 1 Alabama -19.5 vs. Notre Dame
Jan. 1 Clemson -6.5 vs. Ohio State

Odds to Win CFP

Team Odds
Alabama -167
Clemson +270
Ohio State +500
Notre Dame +1700

College football at this time of year means Alabama and Clemson are big favorites in the College Football Playoff.

The two constants are back on top of the rankings, which were released Sunday, and according to opening odds from PointsBet, both are expected to meet again for the title.

No. 1 Alabama opened as a 19.5-point favorite against No. 4 Notre Dame. No. 2 Clemson is a 6.5-point favorite against No. 3 Ohio State.

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Be ready to hear plenty about 2012, especially with a high spread between the Tide and Irish. This is a rematch from the national championship game that season. Alabama buried Notre Dame 42-14. Alabama was ranked No. 2 that year but was still a 10-point favorite.

Alabama ran the table this season, capped off with a 52-46 win over Florida in the SEC Championship Game. The Tide did not cover the spread, which was around -17 throughout the week.

Notre Dame backed its way into the playoff and was seemingly the one team at risk of dropping out of the top four. The Irish lost the ACC title game to Clemson, 34-10. However, a regular season win over Clemson was enough to convince the committee to leave Notre Dame in.

Clemson and Ohio State meet in a rematch of last season’s semifinal game that saw the Tigers walk away 29-23 winners. The two also met in the 2017 semifinals, a 31-0 win for Clemson.

Clemson’s only loss was to Notre Dame in the regular season, a game Trevor Lawrence missed due to COVID-19.

Ohio State played just six games, the fewest of the qualifying teams, but a perfect record and Big Ten title was enough for the committee.

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